Wednesday, June 4, 2014

No sugar/no dairy meal plan-Week 3

My last full week of the no sugar/no dairy challenge is over! I'll tell ya, sometimes it was pretty hard, sometimes not. I obviously did a lot more label reading and thinking about what we put into our mouths. It was pretty fun though! Here's the last glimpse into what we ate during our challenge.

Day 15 Monday

Breakfast
steelcut oats with sweet potato and raspberries
Kaydin- Alpha Bits cereal with unsweetened almond milk

Lunch
Kaydin- brat with bun and little bit of ketchup

Dinner
Hamburger
Hotdog
Mixed greens
Quinoa and black bean tortilla chips
tabbouleh
fresh salsa and avocado
sauerkraut
Kaydin had strawberries also and a little bit of ketchup



Comments
Those chips above...so! good! They will definitely be a regular purchase from now on! Also, those hot dogs above...so! good! The best I've ever had! Yes, pricey and I wanted to cry when I found three of them in the fridge later in the week that were rancid but so good! The juiciest, tastiest hot dogs I've ever had. 

Day 16 Tuesday

Breakfast
2 pieces toast with Nuttzo, chia seeds, and hemp hearts
strawberries

Lunch
Vegetable burrito with fresh salsa and avocado

Dinner
Hamburger
Hotdog
mixed greens with hummus
quinoa and black bean tortilla chips
tabbouleh
sauerkraut
Kaydin had strawberries also




Day 17 Wednesday

Breakfast
2 pieces toast with Nuttzo, chia seeds, and hemp hearts
strawberries
pear


Lunch
mixed greens with carrots and hummus

Dinner
Vegetable chicken sausage with basil and tomato marinara and whole wheat linguine pasta



Dessert (yep, dessert!)
Banana and applesauce sweetened muffins

Comments
Another awesome find while scouring packages at Trader Joe's were the chicken sausages up above. They are awesome! So flavorful. Again, a little pricey, but worth it! 

I finally made a dessert. I had some bananas on the counter that needed used up so decided to make a treat for us! These were only sweetened with banana and unsweetened applesauce and didn't require an egg. A great recipe. I really liked them. Obviously not like a "normal" sugar-filled bakery or store bought muffin, but good nonetheless. Kaydin LOVED them. She bit into it and said. "Oh my god!..."  I'm thinking oh, crap, she didn't go for the no sugar treat. "...These are SO good!!"  YAY she liked them! So much so that by bedtime she snuck three more that I didn't know even about and ate five total in one evening! She is excited to make big batches this summer for her breakfasts and snacks. And that makes me excited. I'm one happy mamma!


Day 18 Thursday

Breakfast
2 pieces toast with Nuttzo
applesauce

Lunch
vegetable burrito with fresh salsa

Dinner
Kaydin-leftover pasta and chicken sausage
Me- plantain chips
tortilla chips with tabbouleh
grapes

Day 19 Friday

Breakfast
Strawberries
almonds

Lunch
Leftover pasta with chicken sausage

Dinner
Whole Foods hot and salad bar


Comments
Even the whole foods hot bar and salad bar is hard to navigate not eating any sweeteners. Lots of yummy salads contained honey.

Day 20 Saturday

Breakfast
Veggie omelet
hashbrowns

Snack
Mixed nuts
handful cheddar sour cream potato chips

Dinner
Wedding food:
Mini meatballs
pork loin
green bean casserole
roasted red potato
wheat dinner roll
cottage cheese
potato salad
lettuce salad


Dessert
Brownie
Scotcheroo

Drinks
2-Malibu with pineapple juice
2- Bloody Mary

Comments
This was my planned day of going off the plan and eating some sugar. Their meal was great and really delicious, but I couldn't help but think about all the foods that contained sugar as I was eating. The red sauce with the meatballs, all the dressings and mayo in the salads, the roll, possibly the green beans. I ate the provided meal though with no complaints, obviously. :) This challenge has just taught me to be more aware. 

When dessert came around I was soooo excited! And while they were good, they were so sweet and not what I thought I would feel after wanting a dessert for so long. I did eat them though, of course! I scraped more of the frosting off both and went back for a third later in the evening. I was anticipating such a delicious indulgence. It was good, but not the great I remember my desserts being (and it had nothing to do with the baker or recipe). That leads me to want to still limit my sugary treats and desserts from here on out. We don't need treats and desserts all the time. 

Day 21 Sunday

Breakfast
Two pieces of toasted Italian bread with butter and homemade cherry rhubarb jelly Kristyn's aunt made me

Lunch
On our drive back home from Remsen we stopped at The Family Table for chicken strips, fries, and vanilla shake. Another sugar indulgence but so good! 


Dinner
Seasoned tilapia
Small piece of cheddar onion crusted chicken
mixed greens with blue cheese vinaigrette
strawberries


Comments
I kept up my bending of the rules into Sunday afternoon. I couldn't go to The Family Table and not order a shake to dip my fries into. The shake was awesome, but I did find it leaving my stomach a little upset afterwards.

Reflections

I have heard very few complaints of Kaydin's stomach being upset these past three weeks. I'm thinking lactose is not her friend. We talked about it just the other day and she realized that her stomach is not hurting as much anymore and she's not visiting the nurse as much. She made the connection that it's most likely the dairy. Our plan moving forward is to not have cow's milk anymore and limit cheese and yogurt to just a couple days per week. I told her that since she couldn't drink cow's milk anymore, I wouldn't either, that we just wouldn't buy it. Last night before bed she thanked me for giving up cow's milk, too, since she couldn't have it anymore. :)

I was soo looking forward to that chocolate dessert at the wedding. It was both a good and bad thing that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I'm happy that I have a little bit different taste for sugar; that I didn't tolerate like I did just three weeks ago. It brought me to the realization that just because it sounds good that second, I don't need it, I can hold off.

Moving Forward

So what's next for us after we move through these last few days of the no sugar/no dairy challenge?

Well, in the beverage department we all mostly drink water already. Tim does rarely buy pop for house. This will still be a rare occasion. Maybe once every few months. He also buys those flavored waters, ICE, and also the Mio water enhancers. I am not at all a fan of these though since they are sweetened artificially. Again, it's just on occasion that he buys them but still too much for my liking. Those will hopefully be cut back on even more, too. As far as milk goes Tim is drinking almond milk now, too. We plan on only drinking almond milk from now on.

The hardest thing for us was probably bread and condiments. Tim and Kaydin love their ranch and ketchup. They will still eat these as I have yet to find any substitutions with no sugar or honey or the like. As far as other salad dressings, I will be making my own more or opt for ones that aren't made with sugar or other sweeteners. I've seen some made with fruit juices so we'll probably go that route. Bread was really hard. I found one wrap, three kinds of breads, and one type of English muffin that were sugar free. Some of these options were expensive. I did find a Trader Joe's sprouted bread I like and isn't too pricey. We'll be getting that from now on. When I have a craving for English muffins, I'll go the sugar route. The ones with no sugar were over $5.00!

Tim has really cut down on all the bread he eats, too. Mainly because he cut out peanut butter. If you know us in real life or have been reading for awhile you know Tim's love of all things peanut butter. He cut that out as it was his main source of sugar. That really helped to curb his sugar cravings. I have found that I really like the sugarless nut butters, like Nuttzo, better than those that are sweetened. We will stick with those types in the future and make our own, too!

Kaydin is a fan of fruit snacks, as am I. Although the store bought ones are purely sugar. A fruit snack request was what I heard most often the past few weeks from her. We will have these on occasion, but I think I'll start making my own dried fruit purees in the dehydrator.

Now on to treats and desserts. I am not giving up these things. But we will hopefully have them less. We never had them too often to begin with but we did it without thought. I plan on us spacing out these more than we used to. And ice cream and frozen yogurt trips? Yeah, those will still be happening this summer, too! I really was surprised in my reaction to the dessert at the wedding but overall it's a good thing!

Would you go sugar-free for any amount of time?
I actually had a great time seeing how it went, experiencing the fast, anticipating bringing it back and being insightful with what I learned and how we'll move on from here. I encourage everyone to try it, too! Don't be surprised if you see us cutting it out again later this year for another few weeks.


Linking up with Jenn for WIAW.